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Kani Island, The Sunset Isles and General World Information
« on: January 05, 2007, 04:43:09 AM »
3 years of training, and Earning the Feather.

The candidates were selected, everyone unmarried but past their adulthood rite. (between the ages of 13 and 22 with few exceptions, making your characters 16-25 with few exceptions.)

The first year was grueling, marching all over, climbing, carrying, as the ranks grew smaller the tricks began.

Travelling across the thinest longest bridges in the broken lands, some over cracks that plunged into darkness, some bare feet above the surging tide. The ranks shrank further.

An elder would send you marching 10 miles with a load, then another elder would be waiting, and ask you how many feathers the first elder had in his hair.

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3 days of marching around without rest.

Carrying logs from the forest to town over the ridge, that took 2 to carry.

Mock battles

Learning to read and write.

sneaking into and out of a camp.

By the end, you felt like brothers, they could not task you further. Three score had passed their tests.

Then they lead you up, along a path never seen, following the Northwest ridge almost 3 miles to a point where the cliff looked out over the sea. . . .there a broad ledge, and a terrible stink awaited you, the stink came out from the caves lining the ledge. Tuvanu shouted, and loud, raucous screams, terrifyingly loud, came from all directions.

From out of the caves came tremendous white things, screaming things, if not for the cliff behind, many might have fled. They flapped and approached, and bobbed their heads to Tuvanu. . .great birds, huge birds. . .snowy white but for some grey and black markings at head and wingtip. Their red eyes, so strange, as they cocked their heads this way and that to look you over.

Seven left that day, not able to handle it, another score left in the first month, mucking out caves, dragging in bamboo branches. . . .the rest, the rest got their chance to conquer the wind, to fly.

Another nine left, unable to handle it, two fell into the sea on their first try. None after that could be willingly parted from the thrill of it. Lahanu broke his leg so badly he could never again sit the saddle. . .the last, well, the last.

The gulls cavort and hunt the sea, nothing ever menaced them, noone ever knew why Gamenu landed his bird so abrutly in the sea, or what snatched them down a few moments later. . . .

Twenty-one earned the feather, Lahanu took charge of the caves and saddles, he may never fly again, but he couldn't leave. Twenty ascended to the temple, five will get their chance to leave Kani for the first time in 20 years.
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Kani Island
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2007, 05:04:38 PM »
A childhood in the main villiage, your childhood occupation, other than the usual, would be in the fields, keeping vermin out of them. . .scaring off birds and rodents. . .

Skills like sling, thrown rock, club, farming, lore: beans (heh).

A childhood in the stilt town, more gathering/hunting going on.

Skills like sling, foraging, spear, hunting, stalk/hide, fishing. (Bow perhaps)

A childhood in the broken lands villiage, climbing up and down into the tidal traps:

Climbing, spear, club, knife, lore: sea life.

A childhood in the forest villiage, wood cutting and hunting.

Spear, bow, axe, woodworking, hunting, stalk/hide.

variations on a theme, but different. that help?
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Re: Kani Island
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2007, 05:06:40 AM »
At 13, you are an adult, go through the ritual. If you are a man, you move into the unmarried men's lodge, while women remain with their mothers.

Women own all property on the island, men can only own what they can carry around. if a man is a basketweaver, his wife owns their hosue, the shop, essentially everything. The realities, as in most cultures, are deeper and more complicated. Most women spend a lot of effort in maintaining their property, so men are the majority of the labor pool. The result is fairly equitable, with the usual examples otherwise. (Considering the majority of the population doesn't really own very much.) Technically, if a man put something down, and walked away out of sight of it, it's the property of the woman who's land it's sitting on. . . .it's rare in practice, examples of it coming up usually involve a teasing joke or a long standing feud.

Unmaried women (Over 13) work for their mothers, until they establish their own household. (The island is fairly sparsely populated, not yet recovered from the crash after the breaking, and fairly prosperous, in the sense of more food than is needed.)

Unmarried men, live in the men's lodge in their villiage, and are essentially a work gang. . . .whatever needs doing that needs a lot of hands, they do. Men of varying ability leave the lodge for marriage or other things as they can, though some few in their late 30's seem to prefer the life of the lodge.

The adult (over 13) populations given for the island is a bit more than 1500 (Purchase mathmatics and Reigon lore if you want exact figures.)

The under 13 population is 3-4 times that. . . .there are kids everywhere. and the 13-17 group is perhaps a quarter of the adults.

The island is young and bustling, a boom you could say, a very upbeat and enthusiastic general attitude. . .the adults over 25 who remember the "Old" world, or the tough time after the breaking, seem to complain about how "carefree kids are these days" and seem to be more wary about taking risks.
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Re: Kani Island
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2007, 11:46:25 PM »
Men's names end "u"
Women's names end "a"

Place & Spirit names all end "i"

Dead people are spirits, end in "i"
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« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2007, 11:00:30 PM »
. . .you have seen seals a few times near the shore in the swamp, but the one time you got an arrow in one on shore, it got 10' out into the sea before the poison paralyzed it, and you lost it.

Quick world question: How is it that the seals are not attacked by the large numbers of sharks and other monsters that surround Kami island?  The ones that keep the entire island prisoner, that would attack and rip apart any vessel, even a raft, just a few feet from shore?
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Re: Kani Island, The Sunset Isles and General World Information
« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2007, 02:59:58 AM »
Seals, rats, pigs, goats, birds, your gulls. . . .all of them are unmolested in the sea. . . .the sea and it's creatures reserve their rage for men, and the things of man. . . .Men, a net in the water, a pole in the water, a dock, a raft, a boat.. . .all are almost immediately attacked.

Your own gull often feeds and cavorts in the sea, but the one time a rider crash landed into the sea, something took rider and gull within a minute.
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Re: Kani Island, The Sunset Isles and General World Information
« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2007, 11:03:49 AM »
shortening someone's name and adding a "y" is the familiar diminutive.

i.e. to a close friend, Kamu would be Kamy, Elder Tovanu would be Tovy.
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